A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published February 24th 2014
Roll on in for some great bread
Sourdough Kitchen is one of those places that is difficult to walk past, because of the delightful displays of bread and pastries in the front window. They start singing a siren's song as you walk past, luring you inside the cafe to make a purchase. Happily, though, if you do succumb to the temptation, your fate will be less dire than that of the sailors of old. That is because everything I've tasted from Sourdough Kitchen has been delicious. There is quite an extensive range of breads and pastries baked on the premises, and the prices are reasonable.
Street view of Sourdough Kitchen
As well as being a bakery, Sourdough Kitchen offers a range of breakfast and lunch options. As it's a bakery, I decided to sample the (shop baked) fruit toast for breakfast ($6.50). I could also have selected eggs Benedict ($16.50) or scrambled eggs with prosciutto, smashed peas and pecorino cheese ($17.50) from the specials board.
It's hard to glam up the presentation of fruit toast, and certainly it was a 'what you see is what you get' situation with regard to my order. But I think that sums up Sourdough Kitchen quite well anyway. It's not pretentious, it hasn't forgotten it's primarily a bakery, though offering more. The decor is fairly basic also, though comfortable enough.
Inside Sourdough Kitchen
But I digress. Back to my toast. The serving was three generous slices, with butter. Like a lot of people, I've been watching my carb intake a bit lately - but on this day, I watched the carbs disappear into my mouth. The toast was moist, flavoursome, spicy (not overwhelmingly so) and very, very tasty, and I ate the lot.
Sourdough Kitchen is very popular for takeaways also, with people streaming in to buy a croissant or other pastry and coffee. Sometimes, its popularity means the wait for coffee can stretch a little. I've waited 15 minutes for a takeaway coffee, which I feel is getting towards the outer end of an acceptable time. It wouldn't work for those wanting to grab a quick coffee before work.
Bread rack, very enticing
Paying the bill is difficult at Sourdough Kitchen, because then you are confronted with a rack of freshly baked, wonderful looking loaves of bread that are looking for a home. I have to admit that I succumbed to a pumpkin loaf - purely in the interests of research for this article, you understand. Here's what it looked like when I got it home and sliced it:
And yes, it does taste as good as it looks. I love the generous sprinkling of pepitas and sunflower seeds on top. Mmmm ... time for another slice I think.